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Soldiers Care Package


You will create a care package to send to the soldiers you have read about. You want to show your support and help them to survive their hardships both physical and mental.

Look back at your letters, writing and notes from this unit and answer the following:

  • What do these soldiers need?
  • Why do they need it?
  • Is it something that would be within your power to send (for example you can not send hundreds of dollars)?
  • Is it an appropriate item for shipping (remember the broiled chicken)?


Incorporate a Variety of Categories

  • medical
  • spiritual/emotional
  • hygiene
  • food
  • clothing
  • entertainment
  • household items

Explain why you included each of these items and what specifically from the primary sources inspired you to include these items.

For Each Item Include

  1. Item
  2. Category
  3. Reason why you included this in your care package
  4. Proof that the items needed (include direct quote or description)
  5. Name of source, author, and page number

Current Day Soldier Care Package

Now that we have experience in preparing care packages for Civil War soldiers, it's time to pitch in and help or current day troops! As a class we will be compiling a care package to send overseas to our troops. As we have researched, conditions for soldiers are never ideal and many soldiers are in need of hard-to-get supplies.

Here is a list of some items most requested by our troops:

  • Beefaroni, ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, soups, chunky, chicken, beef, etc.
  • Breakfast-type foods and drinks
  • Candy, gum, trail mix, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, etc.
  • Fruit (in the small flip top cans)
  • Cereal Bars, granola bars, Special-K bars, etc.
  • Coffee (instant and regular) and filters
  • Canned nuts, canned chips (Pringles, potato sticks, etc.)
  • Powdered Drinks, pre-sweetened (Kool Aid, Gatorade, etc)
  • Snacks (brownies, snack cakes, etc., nothing with icing that will melt)
  • Anti-fungal for their feet: NO aerosol cans (athletes foot créme, foot powder, etc.)
  • Band Aids, cough lozenges, small packs of Kleenex, Shower-to-shower powder
  • Combs, paper, pens, envelopes, lip balm, eye drops, Q-tips, nail clippers
  • Eye drops (the cleaning kind — because of all the sand storms)
  • Small tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Batteries
  • Magazines, Paperbacks, Hand-held Games
  • Baby wipes

Letters of Thanks

Some of the items most appreciated by our soldiers are letters from Americans at home. When writing your letter to our soldiers consider some of the following topics:

  • Encouragement
  • Appreciation
  • Thanks
  • Talk about yourself
  • Ask questions
  • Explain how proud you are of how they serve our country